The Admiralty Head Lighthouse, built in 1903 by the Army Corps of Engineers, is located in Fort Casey State Park near Coupeville on Whidbey Island. The beacon, high on a bluff, 127 feet above sea level, was an important navigational aid, especially for sailing ships entering Admiralty Inlet from the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It replaced the Red Bluff Lighthouse, a wooden Cape Cod style structure built in 1861. Although decommissioned in 1922, the Admiralty Head Lighthouse received national recognition in 1990 when the U. S. Postal Service selected it for a collection of five commemorative lighthouse stamps honoring the U.S. Coast Guard’s bicentennial.
Whidbey Island may be reached from the north by the Deception Pass Bridge. From the south, it is served by the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry. From the Olympic Peninsula to the west, it may be reached by the Port Townsend-Keystone ferry.
Once on Whidbey Island, take Highway 20 to Coupeville. At the intersection of Highway 20, Main Street, and Engle Road, turn left onto Engle Road and follow it to the entrance to Fort Casey State Park.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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